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Volume 21, Number 18

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In this issue:

Gospel Meeting April 12 - 16, 2019

The Mt. Baker
Church of Christ

1860 Mt. Baker Highway • Bellingham WA

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With Evangelist
Jerry Fite
(Pasadena, Texas)
APRIL 12 - 16, 2019

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"One Church in Many Locations"
Joe R. Price

Forbes reported ten years ago that “Churches across America--like shopping malls, houses, corporations, hospitals, schools and just about everything else--have erupted in size in the last few decades. The number of megachurches in the U.S. has leaped to more than 1,300 today--from just 50 in 1970” (America’s Biggest Megachurches, Jesse Bogan, June 26, 2009, A megachurch is defined as having at least 2,000 in average weekend attendance (Church Sizes,

Many of these megachurches have morphed into multi-site conglomerations. For example, here in Whatcom County, Washington, Christ the King Community Church has six campuses scattered throughout the county.

Typically, these multi-campus churches (multiple congregations) are organized with an overarching oversight that binds them together. (For example, one such megachurch has senior and executive pastors, campus pastors and development directors.) They adhere to common doctrines, participate in the same ministries, etc. But, they offer and arrange their own worship services and other activities specific to each site. As some say, a megachurch is “one church in many locations.”

Organizationally, these “one church in many locations” megachurches have the clear earmark of being mini-denominations (while claiming undenominational status). Their multi-congregation organization is little more than a quasi-diocese.

We know of one church in the New Testament that had thousands of members. The Jerusalem church began with about 3,000 souls, and grew well beyond 5,000 men (Acts 2:41, 47; 4:4; 5:14). It certainly was not arranged like the present-day mega-churches. (Does that matter? Absolutely, if we intend to follow Bible patterns for the church, 2 Tim. 1:13; Col. 3:17; 1 Cor. 4:17.)

We never read of the Jerusalem church having multiple campuses. The church gathered at a place suitable to accommodate its size, and was overseen by one eldership (Acts 5:12; 15:6, 22-23).

The universal church of Christ is the body of all the saved without reference to time, place and location (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1:22-23; Heb. 12:23). It is composed of Christians, not churches (Acts 2:47). When the Scriptures speak of a church in a given place it is a local church of Christ (1 Cor. 1:2; 1 Thess. 1:1). In the Bible, local churches are structured with bishops and deacons (Phil. 1:1). Elders are shepherds of one flock, not multiple flocks (Acts 14:23; 1 Pet. 5:2).

Where is a church made up of churches in the New Testament? It is not there. Where is the multi-campus church in the New Testament? It is not there. Does the New Testament tell of multi-campus churches being overseen by one eldership (group of pastors)? No, it does not. Spawned by human wisdom, “one church in many locations” is a corruption of the New Testament pattern of local church government.

Multi-campus churches are developing an ecclesiastical hierarchy similar to the apostate model that eventually grew into the Roman Catholic Church. They endorse an organizational departure from the New Testament pattern of independent, local congregations – “churches of Christ” (Rom. 16:16). 


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

Don't Get Mixed Up
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Leviticus 18:24-30

1. God commanded and warned Israel against mixing with the corrupt nations of Canaan.
2. Yet, Israel mingled with the nations, was defiled and fell away, bringing God’s punishment, Psa. 106:34-43; Hos. 7:8; 8:1-3, 7.
3. NT warnings, 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; Jas. 4:4.
4.   Yet, like Israel, Christians mingle with the nations, are defiled, and fall away, 1 Tim. 4:1-3.
5.   Remedy: Radical repentance, Matt. 5:29-30 (Illus. Ezra 9:1-2; 10:3).


  A. Failure to Drive Out the Enemy from the Start, 106:34-35; Deut. 7:1-6; Lk. 14:26-27, 33; Josh. 23:6-8.
  B. Mixing Allegiance to the True God with the False Gods of Men Proves Deadly, Psa. 106:35-39, 6-7 (Rom. 12:1).
  C. We Cannot Serve Two Masters, Matt. 6:24 (Josh. 24:15).


  A. Mixing Sexual Purity with the World’s Corrupt Views of Sexuality, Eph. 5:3-4.
  B. Mixing Drinks with the World, Prov. 23:29-32; Eph. 5:18; 1 Pet. 4:3-4.
  C. Mixing Gospels with the World, Gal. 1:6-9; Jude 3-4; 2 Jno. 9-11; Col. 3:16-17.

1. Israel paid a heavy price for her sins and for neglecting her blessings.
2. We will not escape if we neglect our salvation, Heb. 2:1-3.
3. Repentance is radical and necessary


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

The Kingdom Has Come
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Luke 17:20-25

1. Luke portrays Jesus fulfilling the prophetic pronouncements of the Messiah’s kingdom, Lk. 12:31-32.
2. Kingdom of God was preached (Lk. 8:1), was coming (11:2), it was near (21:31-33; “at hand,” Matt. 3:2; Mk. 1:15).
3. “Your kingdom come,” Lk. 11:2.


Ø Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7 –Son, throne of David

II. THE KING ON HIS THRONE: THE KINGDOM HAS COME, Lk. 1:32-33; 22:67-70; 24:51.

Ø 2 Sam. 7:13, Psa. 2:6-7; 110:1

III.  THE KINGDOM IS PREACHED: THE KINGDOM HAS COME, Lk. 4:43; 8:1; 9:2, 11, 60; 16:16.

Ø Isaiah 2:2-3 –Preached

IV. NATURE OF THE KINGDOM: THE KINGDOM HAS COME, Lk. 6:20; 17:20-21; 18:16-17.

Ø Isaiah 2:4; 11:3-5, 6-9


Ø Isaiah 11:10-12 –All People

VI. WHEN THE KINGDOM WOULD COME, Lk. 2:1-2; 3:1-2; 9:27; 21:31-33 (25-28).

Ø Daniel 2:44-45 –Time

1. Gospel in hearts puts into kingdom, Col. 1:13.
2. Kingdom is within you, Lk. 17:2021.
3. Kingdom exists – the church, Acts 1:6-8; 2:41.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

The Dogma of Climate Change
Joe R. Price

Bellingham high school students protested government inaction on climate change when they walked out of class Friday, March 15 to join the nationwide Youth Climate Strike rally at City Hall ( We are now hearing predictions that life as we know it will end in 12 years if we do not immediately address climate change.

Yes, climate changes. Such warnings are not new. “A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.” That was a U.N. official’s warning in 1989. Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program added, “Shifting climate patterns would bring back 1930s Dust Bowl conditions to Canadian and U.S. wheatlands.” “Instead, U.S. and global farm production rose, and more than 1 billion people worldwide rose out of extreme poverty due to economic growth” (“10 times ‘experts’ predicted the world would end by now,” Maxim Lott,

What does the Bible say about the environment?

1) The earth is God’s creation (Gen. 1:11-12, 20-25; Acts 4:24). We did not come from “Mother Earth,” but from God.

2) The earth is God’s gift to mankind and its produce is testimony of His presence, power and goodness (Acts 14:17). God created earth to sustain life (Psa. 145:15-16).

3) We are stewards of the earth. It does not belong to us, but God has given us dominion and responsibility over His creation (Gen. 1:26; Psa. 8:6-8). We must be good stewards of earth’s resources (Gen. 1:28-30; 9:1-3). How we treat the planet effects humanity, and implies either our respect or our disrespect for God who made it.

4) God has promised the earth’s seasons will continue (Gen. 8:21-22). The earth has been created with amazing systems that cleanse it and maintain it. Climate is cyclical by God’s design (Eccl. 1:3-8). God (not mankind) holds the end of the world in His hand (2 Pet. 3:7). 


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